Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive Pedal

Super Overdrive Pedal
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Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive Pedal
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Thick, Smooth Overdrive Sound! Perfect For Leads!

The BOSS SD-1 produces the warm, smooth distortion of an overdriven tube amplifier while maintaining the subtle nuances of your picking technique. Unique asymmetric overdrive circuitry delivers a genuine overdrive effect for a classic guitar sound. A tone control is also provided for precise tonal adjustment.

BOSS SD-1 Guitar Overdrive Pedal Features at a Glance:
  • Smooth overdriven sounds
  • Natural tube amp-style growl
  • Reacts to your playing like a real overdriven amp would
  • Tone, level, and drive controls
  • Great fit for pedalboards
  • BOSS 5-year warranty

Additional Media

BOSS SD-1 Owners Manual

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2.4"
Width 2.9"
Depth 5.1"
Weight 1 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number SD-1

Customer Reviews

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The Secret Ingredient

If you're like me, you may have messed with this pedal and had mixed feelings initially. I didn't quite know what to make of it but decided I'd hold onto it. I bought a Way Huge Swollen Pickle and was boosting it with another overdrive when I remembered the SD1 sitting in a box. I swapped it in for what I was using and was quite blown away, it compliments the Pickle perfectly, tonally and visually. I can keep the tone bassy and still have it cut through with the SD1 switched on. Even if you aren't happy with this pedal as an overdrive don't knock it, it makes a great upper-mids boost.

Smooth and Creamy

Wow! I bought this pedal having listened to only a few demos on YouTube. I thought it sounded a bit sub-standard. I was tossing around between this and a Electro-Harmonix Soul Food. But in the end I went for the Super Overdrive and I am really impressed. This pedal is really smooth and very expressive at hi-gain and low gain settings. This is the first Boss pedal I have bought and I am amazed.

Great Overdrive Effect

I saw the 'Tone King" on 'YouTube" do a guitar review, and he said he has had one of these for twenty years. So for fifty dollars, I thought I would try this one out. Well, with my Marshall DSL40C with a speaker upgrade (Vintage 30) this pedal sounds nothing less than studio professional. Very record-able. I lean towards a clean sound with slight breakup, and this does the trick in spades. I have bought twenty pedals so far, and if I could go back, I would have bought this one first. I like it a lot. Enough to leave a review. I do like my reissue tube-screamer, but this Boss SD-1 just has a little more edge off the bat so to say. Or at least it really likes the Classic Gain channel on the Marshall amp. I highly recommend for the nice clean overdrive sound.
Music background: Love the electric guitar.

Boss SD-1

This is a great pedal. I use it more now than my DS-1. Great tone and versatility. I now use the DS-1 for the extra boost/drvie.

Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive Pedal

This is a great pedal. I am using it on my pedalboard in conjunction with my Tube Screamer. I have the drive pretty low, around 9:00. It gives the clean signal a little break up. Sounds like a pushed Fender amp. I then stack the Tube Screamer on top of it for more intense sustain and added gain.
Music background: Professional Musician for forty years.
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